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Vietnam threatens legal action over South China Sea
May 22, 2014
Vietnam's prime minister announced Thursday that his country is considering legal action against China regarding its claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea. Because any action will likely be fiercely opposed by China, Vietnam has thus far attempted a low-key approach to the issue of dispute....... [more]

Philippines Supreme Court approves reproductive health law
April 8, 2014
The Supreme Court of the Philippines on Tuesday unanimously approved Republic Act 10354 expanding public access to family planning and reproductive health services. The bill, which was approved by both houses of parliament and signed by President Benigno Aquino over a year ago, requires government h....... [more]

Philippines high court upholds portions of cybercrime law
February 18, 2014
The Philippines Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Act), which penalizes libel online, is constitutional, despite a number of petitions challenging the law on the grounds that it unjustly limits citizens' rights including free speech. The Act combats various online c....... [more]

Philippines and Vietnam condemn new Chinese South China Sea fishing law
January 10, 2014
The Philippines and Vietnam on Friday issued statements condemning a new Chinese law that will require foreign fisherman to obtain approval from China before fishing in large portions of the South China Sea. Both nations expressed anger over the law, claiming that it unnecessarily complicates relati....... [more]

UN urges international support for Philippines
December 22, 2013
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged the international community to provide more support for central Philippine communities devastated by powerful typhoon Haiyan last month. The rebuilding effort is based on a four-year plan, which amounts to about$ 8.17 billion, will restore the affect....... [more]

Philippines prosecutors file government corruption charges
September 17, 2013
The Philippine Justice Department on Monday filed graft charges against nearly 40 current and former government officials and a prominent businesswoman for allegedly misappropriating millions of dollars in governments funds intended for the poor. Chief prosecutors assert that, between 2007 and 2009....... [more]

HRW: Philippines must take action over journalist killings
August 9, 2013
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday urged the Philippine government to act to bring the killers of three local journalists to justice and stop further violence. On July 30 unknown assailants shot and killed Richard Kho, 47, and Bonifacio Loreto Jr., 59, both columnists for the weekly tabloid Aksyon....... [more]

The War on Terror
July 20, 2013
In the wake of 9/11, Bush declared a "War on Terror," sparking US anti-terrorism efforts in the Philippines, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Lebanon, Yemen, Pakistan, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On October 7, 2001, the first military action in the War on Terror was launched against the Ta....... [more]

Double Standards in the Philippines
May 23, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Edsel Tupaz of the The Law Offices of Tupaz & Associates argues that the US Seventh Fleet must be held liable for the destruction of the Tubbataha Reefs...On Wednesday April 17, 2013 a number of public interest groups, led by two bishops, environmental experts, human right....... [more]

Philippines Supreme Court temporarily blocks state funding for contraceptives
March 19, 2013
The Supreme Court of the Philippines on Tuesday temporarily blocked implementation of a law that provides for state funding of contraceptives. The legislation, which was signed into law last year following approval by the Philippines legislature, establishes sex education requirements in schools, p....... [more]

The Philippines and the Right to Compensation for Human Rights Abuses: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
March 17, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Lara Wharton, Emory University School of Law Class of 2013, discusses the human rights abuses in the Philippines...On February 25, 2013, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III signed the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act into law. The act addresses the wid....... [more]




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